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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bit Torrent download

I'm not aware of any issues in regard to D/L live shows on bittorrent sites. The powers that be must certainly be aware of these sites and certainly take steps to shut them down if they wanted to. Most bit torrent sites (that I frequent anyway)do not allow commercially released material.

I think the difference between the archive and bit torrent sites is the storage aspect of the material. The shows are stored on the archive's servers. With bit torrent that is not the case. Bit torrent sites do not store the files. Bit torrent is just a go between between 2 or more personal computers that want to exchange files. is connecting you (that wants to d/l a show) with someone who has the show on their hard drive. In essence, the 2 (or more) people that are transferring data between one another are in essence doing the modern version of the old snail mail tradeing, only doing it electronically.

In short, as long as you stay away from commercially released material (I.E Dick's picks etc), you should be fine going the bittorrent route.

Anyone else want to chime in on this one??

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Poster: cjs1 Date: Jul 2, 2009 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Bit Torrent download

Makes sense. I'm supposing the legal principal is that if the show has not been included in a commercial release, you're ok. Interesting to see what the downloaders obligations are in the event that a downloaded show becomes part of a commercial release after the fact.

Anyway, many thanks